south of Ljubljana + horses and bears
Mountain bikers literally
invade hills around Ljubljana in the summer time. But
there are still some areas to discover. In the south,
across the Ljubljana swampland (Ljubljansko barje) there
are some nice opportunities around Mokrec, which is a
lower neighbor to more popular mountain of Krim.
Ig is a small town located at
the fringe of Ljubljana swampland (Ljubljansko barje), 10 km south of
There is a short asphalt climb
from Ig, but from there on only off-road. After partly
steep climb, you descent to a nice open valley along
pastures just below the top of Mokrec. After crossing the
main road at the other end of the valley, you start
climbing to the top of Kurescek. The view from the meadows
just below the top is very beautiful. From the top you
descent on a short and nice singletrack to the locality of
Zapotok, where you turn back towards Mokrec. This time you
go along the north side of the valley on a horse trail.
Because a horse can get frightened, you should be careful
when you meet one. Be sure to make contact with the rider.
Speaking of the animals, there's also a chance that you
meet a bear. They are usually not dangerous though. Descent
towards the starting point goes the same way you come up.
This might seem uninteresting, but it is definitely not.
The inclination of the road is just right, so you can
really race it.
A1) You can extend the
tour so that you continue with descent in Zapotok towards
Turjak (left at no. 25). And then you climb back again in
the south direction along the beautiful meadows via
villages Cetez and Javorje (you get back to the trail at
DH from Zapotok towards Turjak
is best to carry out along the macadam road and not along
the cart track, which you can find in the maps, since the
later is going past a den of a local bear.
A2) Since the tour is
easy you can also visit the Turjak castle on the top of
the neighbor hill. There is nice macadam road leading up
A3) You can return to
Ig along the valley bellow Turjak, which is a quite good
alternative, since the macadam road is slightly descending
most of the time.
B) Ascent to Kurescek
is also possible along the main asphalt road, going via
the village of Golo. But the road is busy most of the
time, so I recommend it only to those who lack lead in